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And what if an X team would rather enter the next A event (or go home) rather than continue playing after they lose?
Feb. 9, 2016
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It's hard to say how to adjust the board without seeing all the hands. I could easily see a split score where NS are minus defending 2 (better than their table result) and EW are minus in whatever game they might have bid.
Feb. 9, 2016
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Allow teams to play up in the top bracket if they want to. Sometimes there are enough teams that want to play against the best that you can knock the whiners down a notch (or a bracket).
Feb. 7, 2016
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You know, a great Anglo-Danish king is tired of having everyone mispronounce his name. :)
Feb. 6, 2016
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When declarer has Qxx or Ax support for a 3 or 3 preempt, they won't be playing in 3NT.
Feb. 6, 2016
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To be clear, asking about the result was not the bad part of North's behavior. It was the “Don't start that with me” line, which deserves to be answered with something along the lines of “Really!? What are you going to do about it, you <insert racially descriptive epithet>?”.
Feb. 5, 2016
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I think North is more out of line than West, but the club manager should turn off this functionality since it's bound to cause this sort of issue.
Feb. 5, 2016
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If the opening were in a major, it's a whole different story. Then you might actually try leading dummy's suit if in doubt, since the auction strongly suggests that's NOT the suit declarer is trying to run, and declarer is quite likely to have x or void (note…completely different from the expectation after 3NT over 3 of a minor). Trying to find partner in any other suit could be very dangerous…you could easily be leading into the suit declarer was planning to run.
Feb. 3, 2016
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As to the point that doubler might not have been able to bid a club suit–that's true, and it's a consideration that might make you lean toward a club lead, depending on your hand, but the double itself is penalty and not lead-directing.
Feb. 3, 2016
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I should add that the first undertrick is especially interesting. :)
Jan. 31, 2016
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That just means you know his suit is headed by AJ10 (or by AJ and has an 8th club).
Jan. 31, 2016
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You don't play matchpoints, I guess?
Jan. 31, 2016
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Since both opponents passed at their last turn 3 is a limit raise that expresses no doubt about strain. 2 should be at most three spades in a flat hand. But a singleton is still less than partner might expect. (A doubleton honor would clearly be OK.)
Jan. 31, 2016
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Hey, Reese jumped to 4 right away, and his partner still returned his phone calls. I don't think there is any bid that will always get you to the right place here. But if you bid 2 and partner raises, you will be guessing….
Jan. 31, 2016
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“You would like West to shift, so you can later throw him in with the king of diamonds. While it isn't likely to matter, it can't help to falsecard. If you do, West will know that it is safe to continue diamonds.”

But it is almost certain to matter, as the 6 is unlikely to be high enough to throw West in.
Jan. 31, 2016
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2. If partner raises, I will bid 3. If partner rebids spades, I will bid 4. If he rebids 2NT, I will raise to 3NT. If he bids 2, we will be getting to at least 5. And if he passes, I hope +90 won't lose too many IMPs.
Jan. 31, 2016
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I think most respondents assumed a fifth spade was promised and that the phrasing was to allow that there might be only three diamonds if there were six spades.
Jan. 30, 2016
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How much would you have to change your response structure to takeout doubles of minors if they could be four spades and the other minor? Then you could reserve (1m)-1NT for four hearts and the other minor. (And against short club systems, (1C)-1NT could be four hearts and either minor.)
Jan. 30, 2016
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I pass, but change the H5 to the HJ and I would show the hearts.
Jan. 27, 2016
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Not only would I not have bid 2, but we need to know whether 4 would also have been a fit bid.
Jan. 27, 2016
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